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Dallas Appellate Attorney, Mediator Deborah Hankinson Earns Best Lawyers Distinction

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson of the appellate boutique law firm Hankinson LLP has been selected for a seventh consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in America based on her work in appellate law. Ms. Hankinson, a former justice with the Supreme… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson of the appellate boutique law firm Hankinson LLP has been selected for a seventh consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in America based on her work in appellate law.

Ms. Hankinson, a former justice with the Supreme Court of Texas and the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, has been included in Best Lawyers each year since 2008. In 2012, she was named Best Lawyers’ Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year.

“Deborah has long been among the elite appellate lawyers in Texas and the entire nation,” says Rick Thompson, Hankinson LLP’s managing partner. “An honor such as this is an indication of the continued respect her peers in the legal profession have for Deborah and the work she does for clients.” Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, is widely considered the top guide to U.S. lawyers. To compile the annual publication, Best Lawyers conducts a rigorous peer-review survey that includes more than 3 million confidential evaluations by other lawyers.

Ms. Hankinson represents clients as an appellate attorney, oral advocate, strategist, mediator, arbitrator, and problem-solver. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she also is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of neutrals.

In addition to appearing in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers, Ms. Hankinson has been honored for her appellate work by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers, D Magazine, Chambers USA, Benchmark Appellate, Texas Lawyer and the Dallas Business Journal.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with
innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Recognized in 2013 Chambers USA

DALLAS – For the seventh consecutive year, Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson has been recognized for her work in appellate law in Chambers USA, the respected guide to the nation’s top lawyers and law firms. The 2013 edition of Chambers USA describes the former… + read more

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DALLAS – For the seventh consecutive year, Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson has been recognized for her work in appellate law in Chambers USA, the respected guide to the nation’s top lawyers and law firms.

The 2013 edition of Chambers USA describes the former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas as “a tenacious attorney” who is “respected for her advocacy skills and writing style.”

Chambers USA is one of the most respected legal guides in the country, and earning recognition is always an honor,” says Ms. Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP. “The publication’s editors look at the entire firm, not just an individual. So this honor is a reflection of the great work done by our entire team.”

With more than 20 years of experience and 140 full-time researchers, Chambers USA publisher Chambers and Partners is respected worldwide for its thorough guides to the legal profession. Chambers bases its rankings on thousands of phone interviews with attorneys and clients who identify those lawyers and law firms that demonstrate the top technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.

The Chambers USA honor is just the latest professional recognition for Ms. Hankinson, who recently was selected for the eighth time among “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine and was honored for the sixth time by Texas’ Best Lawyers magazine for her work in appellate law and arbitration and mediation proceedings. She also has been recognized in Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, after earning the highest peer ratings possible from Martindale-Hubbell, the top lawyer-rating service in the nation and publisher of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Appellate Attorneys Deborah Hankinson, Rick Thompson Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson and Managing Partner Rick Thompson have been selected among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based upon their work in the area of appellate law. The 2013 honors mark the eighth time Ms. Hankinson has been… + read more

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson and Managing Partner Rick Thompson have been selected among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based upon their work in the area of appellate law.

The 2013 honors mark the eighth time Ms. Hankinson has been selected among Dallas’ best lawyers. It is the first for Mr. Thompson.

“Being selected among the elite attorneys in Dallas has always been an honor that I take great pride in, but I am aware that I am also lucky to be surrounded with exceptional attorneys, starting with Rick,” says Ms. Hankinson, a former Dallas appellate court and Texas Supreme Court justice. “This is a well-deserved recognition of his tremendous work.”

The 2013 listing of the top attorneys in Dallas was determined through a peer-review voting process and ballots submitted by nearly 9,000 local lawyers. Those casting ballots could only nominate others within their own practice area. The final list was compiled by an independent panel of distinguished attorneys, along with the magazine’s editors. The complete list will be included in the May 2013 edition of D Magazine.

“It is humbling to have your work recognized,” says Mr. Thompson. “I have been fortunate in being able to work at a firm and for clients that present fascinating and challenging work.”

Mr. Thompson’s practice focuses on appeals related to governmental matters, as well as commercial litigation. A former Texas Assistant Solicitor General, he argued the precedent-setting sovereign immunity case Tex. Natural Res. Conservation Comm’n v. IT-Davy before the Supreme Court of Texas. Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is also a member of the commission that governs board certification for Texas appellate lawyers.

Among the most respected appellate attorneys in Texas, Ms. Hankinson also has a nationally recognized arbitration and mediation practice. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Hankinson LLP Attorney Earns Board Certification in Civil Appellate Law

DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP is proudly announcing that firm attorney Brett Kutnick has become Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. “There are tens of thousands of lawyers in Texas, but only 435 are… + read more

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DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP is proudly announcing that firm attorney Brett Kutnick has become Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

“There are tens of thousands of lawyers in Texas, but only 435 are Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law,” says Rick Thompson, former managing partner of Hankinson LLP. “That makes Brett part of a very select group and we’re extremely proud of their accomplishment.”

Hankinson LLP now is home to three attorneys who are Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, including firm founder Deborah Hankinson and Mr. Thompson.

To earn board certification, Mr. Kutnick was approved to take a six-hour written exam based on a demonstration of his unique appellate experience, passed the exam, and was screened by an extensive peer-review process.

Mr. Kutnick utilizes his appellate expertise, extensive business background, and over 16 years of experience in Texas trial and appellate courts to bring substantial value to his clients at all stages of a lawsuit.  With a focus on complex commercial litigation, Mr. Kutnick has successfully represented his clients before the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas courts of appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in a wide variety of matters, including contract disputes, business torts, legal malpractice claims, breach of fiduciary duty actions, and shareholder oppression cases.  As a former litigator, he is in a unique position to anticipate the ways in which pretrial and trial issues affect the client’s position in a potential appeal, and thus plays an integral role in shaping pretrial strategy and working with trial counsel to analyze complex procedural, jurisdictional, and evidentiary issues, draft jury charges and trial briefs, and preserve error.

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Veteran Appellate Lawyer Stephanie Nelson Joins Dallas’ Hankinson LLP

DALLAS – Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is announcing the addition of veteran appellate attorney Stephanie Dooley Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the second attorney to join the firm this month, along with retired Justice Joseph Morris, formerly of the Dallas 5th District Court of… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is announcing the addition of veteran appellate attorney Stephanie Dooley Nelson.

Ms. Nelson is the second attorney to join the firm this month, along with retired Justice Joseph Morris, formerly of the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals, who joined as Of Counsel.

“This is more great news for our firm and our clients,” says Hankinson LLP Managing Partner Rick Thompson. “Stephanie’s experience in both the trial and appellate areas makes her uniquely suited to our work.”

Previously a partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas, Ms. Nelson handles a variety of appellate matters, including jurisdictional challenges, mandamus petitions and interlocutory and accelerated appeals. She also works with trial teams on motions and evidentiary issues, jury charges and litigation strategy. Her commercial and business litigation experience includes cases involving fiduciary obligations, professional liability, employment relations, contract disputes, insurance coverage and products liability. She represents a broad cross section of clients, including those involved in the legal, manufacturing, insurance, aviation, trucking, and oil and gas production industries.

Ms. Nelson is a cum laude graduate of the Baylor University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Baylor Law Review and earned the President’s Award. She is a past president of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association and chair of the group’s foundation, as well as a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

From 2004 through 2009, Ms. Nelson was named to the Texas Rising Stars list by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers magazine.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Law 360: Retired Texas Appellate Judge Joins Hankinson LLP

Law360, Dallas (January 15, 2013, 10:06 PM ET) — A Texas judge who retired in December after 25 years on the bench last week joined Hankinson LLP, a boutique Dallas arbitration and appellate firm, as of counsel, the firm announced. Joseph B. Morris served for… + read more

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Law360, Dallas (January 15, 2013, 10:06 PM ET) — A Texas judge who retired in December after 25 years on the bench last week joined Hankinson LLP, a boutique Dallas arbitration and appellate firm, as of counsel, the firm announced.

Joseph B. Morris served for 20 years on Dallas’s Fifth Court of Appeals, and before that, served five years as a district court judge, also in Dallas. In his new position, he’ll work with Hankinson’s seven attorneys to craft appellate briefs and arguments, and will oversee some arbitrations, he told Law360 on Tuesday.

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Texas LawBook: Justice Joe Morris Joins Hankinson Law Firm

After nearly three decades on the state court bench, recently retired Texas Appeals Court Justice Joseph Morris is going back to private practice as Of Counsel at the Hankinson law firm in Dallas. Justice Morris, who retired from Dallas’ Fifth Court of Appeals in December… + read more

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After nearly three decades on the state court bench, recently retired Texas Appeals Court Justice Joseph Morris is going back to private practice as Of Counsel at the Hankinson law firm in Dallas.

Justice Morris, who retired from Dallas’ Fifth Court of Appeals in December after 25 years, has joined the appellate law and arbitration boutique headed by former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson. The two judges officed next door to each other in 1995 when the two SMU Dedman Law School graduates served together on the appeals court.

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Texas Lawyer: Longtime Jurist Moves from Bench to Bar

After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel. “When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”… + read more

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After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel.

“When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”

Morris says that he talked with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, shortly before his retirement in December and quickly decided to join the firm. He and Hankinson had served together several years on the 5th Court, had offices next to each other and got to know each other well, Morris says. The chance to work with Hankinson and the other appellate lawyers at the firm was attractive, he says.

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Dallas Business Journal: Justice Joseph Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for… + read more

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Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for the firm’s clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, focusing on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Morris’s career on the bench also included presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992.

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Retired Appellate Justice Joe Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

DALLAS – Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate… + read more

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DALLAS – Appellate
Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for firm clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, with an emphasis on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Justice Morris’ career on the bench also includes presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992. He provides a quarter century of judicial wisdom and insights for Hankinson LLP’s clients.

“Joe is an invaluable addition to our firm,” says firm founder Deborah Hankinson, who is both a former colleague of Justice Morris on the Dallas appeals court, as well as a former justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. “His considerable experience and abilities further establish us as appellate lawyers who not only understand the law, but who also can offer important insights as to how judges and juries may react to a case.”

During his 20 years on the Dallas appeals court, Justice Morris authored more than 2,000 judicial opinions covering issues related to property rights, corporate governance, contracts, employee-employer relations, torts, and statutory claims. Upon leaving the bench, Justice Morris was honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates with an award acknowledging his “25 years of exemplary service to the jury system.”

In 2002, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Justice Morris to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body that has statewide jurisdiction to review and investigate complaints about Texas judges. He twice served as the Commission’s chairman. Justice Morris is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Addresses Appellate Judges Conference

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit in New Orleans.

Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, joined the panel to discuss “Making Your Appellate Position More Appealing: The Importance of Framing the Issues.”

Joining her on the panel were Judge Stephen Higginson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals and Professor Judith Fischer of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The panel moderator was Deena Jo Schneider of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

“The summit presents a wonderful opportunity to delve into issues that are important to judges and appellate lawyers,” Ms. Hankinson says. “It’s a valuable experience, whether you’re engaging in a discussion on a panel or listening as part of the group.”

The summit is a combined effort of the Appellate Judges Education Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference. The four-day program includes presentations from judges, attorneys and legal scholars from across the country. This year’s program included a special session with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson handles complex, multi-party mediations for parties in litigation, as well as pre-suit conflict resolution. She also frequently serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Hankinson LLP,  the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Deborah Hankinson Addresses New Texas Appellate Justices

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney,… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney, Hankinson taught the course “Proper Role: Opinions & Oral Argument” to Texas’s newest appellate justices.

 

Deborah Hankinson Facilitates American Arbitration Association Course on Managing Arbitration

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The AAA selected Hankinson to facilitate the course due to her “proven track record of effective case management” and her “reputation for being a compelling speaker and facilitator.”

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Once Again Named to Texas Super Lawyers Top 10 List

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates… + read more

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas.

Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates attorneys based on peer surveys, an analysis of the attorney’s work, and a review by a blue-ribbon panel. Less than five percent of all Texas lawyers are named to the final list.

Based on the peer review process and information gathered through extensive research, Texas Super Lawyers also lists the “Top 10” attorneys in the state. Ms. Hankinson has been named among the state’s 10 best lawyers in both 2011 and 2012.

“It’s wonderful to think that your peers view you and your work in such a fashion,” says Ms. Hankinson.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson maintains a busy schedule of mediation and arbitration work, as well as providing counsel to parties that wish to resolve disputes without going to the courthouse.

The Texas Super Lawyers recognition is the latest of many professional honors for Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals at Dallas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of neutrals.

Ms. Hankinson’s work and accomplishments are regularly recognized on “top lawyer” lists, including those published by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Lawyer, D Magazine and others.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation.  The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Race-Conscious Admissions, Focuses on the University of Texas

In Grutter v. Bollinger—which upheld the constitutionality of the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions practices in 2003—Justice O’Connor famously predicted in her majority opinion that the days when such programs would be considered constitutionally permissible were numbered: “25 years from now,” she opined,… + read more

In Grutter v. Bollinger—which upheld the constitutionality of the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions practices in 2003—Justice O’Connor famously predicted in her majority opinion that the days when such programs would be considered constitutionally permissible were numbered: “25 years from now,” she opined, “the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to ensure diversity in public higher learning institutions.”  Whether that lofty goal has indeed been met, the United States Supreme Court’s grant of the petition for certiorari in Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 11-345—which involves UT’s undergraduate admissions program—has led many commenters to predict the demise of such race-conscious admissions programs far sooner than Justice O’Connor contemplated.

UT modeled its admissions practices on those that passed constitutional muster in Grutter.  As in Michigan, the Longhorns’ admission staff may consider an applicant’s race alongside a variety of other factors, including economic background, family history, and life experiences.  Also like Michigan, UT seeks to admit a “critical mass” of minority students so that those students will not feel isolated or burdened with being considered “tokens” for their race.  UT is different, however, because its consideration of race in admissions is considerably more limited than that approved in Grutter because UT’s role in the admissions process is constrained by virtue of Texas’s Top 10% Program.

Under the Texas Legislature’s Top 10% Program, UT is required to admit any applicant that graduates in the top 10% of his or her high-school class.  Students from the Top 10% Program now comprise over 80% of the school’s incoming classes, leaving just 20% of each class to be determined by the university’s admissions staff under its race-conscious admissions policy.  Thus, UT’s race-conscious admissions analysis results in the addition of only about 210 minority candidates in each class of 10,000.  Supporters of the current approach suggest that the de-emphasis on race makes UT’s plan more constitutional—not less.  But critics say the marginal impact of UT’s race-conscious program is precisely the problem; they argue that the race-neutral Top 10% Program is so successful in admitting minority students that the marginal impact of UT’s race-conscious program is not needed and cannot be constitutionally justified.

Ultimately, it appears that UT’s race-conscious admissions program may be doomed.  The fact that the Court granted certiorari probably means that four justices strongly disagree with the outcome reached by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals—which upheld the constitutionality of UT’s program—and those justices must believe they have the votes to win.  With Justice O’Connor’s departure from the Court, the apparent swing justice on the issue is Justice Anthony Kennedy, and many commentators think he is poised to do away with affirmative-action programs altogether.  Look for Justice Kennedy to write the majority opinion in this case, and for the landscape of university admissions programs to potentially change quite dramatically.

 

Deborah Hankinson Recognized for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice

Deborah Hankinson’s prominence in the field of alternative dispute resolution continues to grow.  She recently received the highest peer review rating of AV® Preeminent Status in Alternative Dispute Resolution with Martindale-Hubbell™  through a rigorous survey of her peers.  Deborah, who previously served as a Justice… + read more

Deborah Hankinson’s prominence in the field of alternative dispute resolution continues to grow.  She recently received the highest peer review rating of AV® Preeminent Status in Alternative Dispute Resolution with Martindale-Hubbell™  through a rigorous survey of her peers.  Deborah, who previously served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, also has been invited to join the AAA (American Arbitration Association) Judicial Settlement Conference Service panel, a new service that affords parties the opportunity to bring disputes to a private settlement conference with one of AAA’s specially selected former judges.  The process is non-binding and voluntary and involves significant evaluation by the former judge, who acts as a neutral.

In 2012, Deborah again was recognized by Best Lawyers, which also honored her as its Dallas Lawyer of the Year.  Chambers USA also recognized Deborah again this year, the sixth year in a row that she has received the honor. Additionally, Deborah’s standing in Texas is reflected in several recent accolades. She appears in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, which is published by Martindale-Hubbell and America Lawyer Media.  Deborah also earned a place on D Magazine‘s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas.”  This is the seventh time that D Magazine has named her to its “Best Lawyers” list.

For more information, contact Deborah at 214-754-9190 or dhankinson@hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Hankinson Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

DALLAS – Lawyers from the Dallas-based Hankinson LLP law firm have earned honors from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazines based on their work in appellate law. Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, appears in the 2012 edition of… + read more

DALLAS – Lawyers from the Dallas-based Hankinson LLP law firm have earned honors from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazines based on their work in appellate law.

Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, appears in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers magazine, a publication of Best Lawyers in America, which previously named her the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year. Texas’ Best Lawyers was included in the May 25 editions of the Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas editions of The Wall Street Journal.

That honor follows Ms. Hankinson’s appearance alongside fellow firm attorney Brett Kutnick in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, which was distributed by the same Texas newspapers on March 30, 2012. Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers is published by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media.

“The recognition from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers reflects our hard work in appellate law, arbitration and mediation at Hankinson LLP,” Ms. Hankinson says. “Praise from our peers means a great deal to us.”

Editors of the 2012 Texas’ Best Lawyers list asked Texas’ top attorneys to identify those lawyers who they would direct a friend or loved one to hire if they could not handle the case themselves. Based on those responses, Ms. Hankinson was named Lawyer of the Year in appellate law in Dallas.

Ms. Hankinson and Mr. Kutnick earned recognition from Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazine based on peer ratings compiled by ALM and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Arbitrator, Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson to Discuss Effective Arbitration

DALLAS – Dallas arbitrator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson will be a featured speaker in a national conference of lawyers, arbitrators and business people addressing arbitration trends and methods for keeping arbitrations from getting out of control. Hankinson, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas arbitrator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson will be a featured speaker in a national conference of lawyers, arbitrators and business people addressing arbitration trends and methods for keeping arbitrations from getting out of control.

Hankinson, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and founder of Hankinson LLP, will participate in the panel presentation, “How to Prevent a Runaway Arbitration,” during the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference on April 19 in Washington, D.C. The panel will offer practical solutions to help in-house and outside counsel ensure that arbitration remains a cost-effective and efficient alternative to
litigation.

Along with Ms. Hankinson, the panel will include Crowell & Moring LLP Partner Kathryn Kirmayer.  Patricia O’Prey, senior counsel – investigations at GE Capital Americas, will moderate the panel.

“Arbitration is an excellent dispute-resolution tool – when it is used properly,” Hankinson says. “As someone who knows the process, I know it’s my job to keep things on track and to be fair to all. That’s what we plan to discuss.”

In addition to her appellate work, Hankinson’s nationally prominent practice includes serving in arbitrator and mediator roles in disputes. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the association’s national roster of neutrals. She also consults with trial lawyers with regard to trial strategy and appellate briefs, offering insight as to how appellate courts might view critical issues.

Hankinson is also a former justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the
firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Honored in D Magazine’s 2012 “Best Lawyers” List

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” based on her work for business clients in appellate cases, mediations and arbitrations, and trial consulting. This is the seventh time that D… + read more

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DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” based on her work for business clients in appellate cases, mediations and arbitrations, and trial consulting.

This is the seventh time that D Magazine has named Ms. Hankinson to its “Best Lawyers”  list. In 2010, the magazine also named her to its list of the best women lawyers in Dallas.

“I am again humbled to receive this honor in a city with so many great attorneys,” Ms. Hankinson says. “It’s an honor not only for me, but also for all of the attorneys at Hankinson LLP who work hard on a daily basis to make sure our clients receive the best appellate representation possible.”

To assemble the exclusive listing of Dallas’ top attorneys, the editors of D Magazine sought nominations from lawyers citywide. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers met with magazine editors and approved the list, which covers 18 practice areas and will appear in the May 2012 issue of D Magazine.

In addition to her work as a trial and appellate lawyer, Ms. Hankinson served as a Justice
on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas and the Supreme Court of Texas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association.

The recognition from D Magazine is just the latest in a long line of similar honors for Ms. Hankinson. In 2011, Texas Super Lawyers magazine named her to a list of the Top 10 attorneys in Texas. Her work also has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Lawyer and the Dallas Business Journal, among others.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Named to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted appellate lawyer Deborah Hankinson, founder of Dallas-based Hankinson LLP, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for attorneys with a reputation for excellence in appellate work. The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was established in 1990… + read more

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DALLAS – Noted appellate lawyer Deborah Hankinson, founder of Dallas-based Hankinson LLP, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for attorneys with a reputation for excellence in appellate work.

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was established in 1990 to advance the standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to acknowledge outstanding appellate lawyers. Membership is based on nominations by existing fellows as well as recommendations from judges and practitioners. The academy limits membership to no more than 500 people in the United States, and requires that nominees have spent at least 15 years in practice devoted substantially to appeals.

“I’m humbled by this honor and believe strongly in the academy’s mission,” says Ms. Hankinson.

In addition to appellate law, Ms. Hankinson’s practice includes substantial work in the area of alternative dispute resolution, including regular work as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving a variety of complex legal issues.

Ms. Hankinson is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.

In addition to this latest honor, Ms. Hankinson has earned multiple selections to the Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters legal division and Texas Monthly. In 2011, she was named one of the state’s Top 10 attorneys in the Texas Super Lawyers listing.  Additionally, her work has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. This fall, she also was named to the “Winning Women” list published by Texas Lawyer.

“We’re very proud that Deborah has earned this recognition,” says Hankinson LLP Managing Partner Rick Thompson. “The academy has formally stated what we’ve known all along: Deborah is a rare and talented appellate lawyer.”

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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